13. Presidential Primaries

States should hold their Presidential primaries on every first and third Tuesdays in the months of April, May, June, and July. The order in which states hold their primaries is not particularly important under this system, but to keep it simple, less confusing and, perhaps, more exciting, the least populated states could hold their primaries first followed by the more populous states. The least populated states would hold their primaries first, on the first Tuesday in April. The most populated state(s) would hold their primaries last on the third Tuesday in July. In each of the eight primary election dates, around 12.5% or 1/8 of the total population of the United States would vote. This means that for the first few elections, the Presidential candidates would need to campaign in many small states and with each following election, fewer states would need to be targeted, and the last one or two election would only involve one or two of the largest states.

Using this system, smaller states would be given sufficient attention while primary contests would tend to be determined more towards the end of the primary campaigns when the big states weigh in. This plan would make it easier for the candidates to devote more valuable time in states which are closest to their election dates, and would allow candidates to ‘practice’ their message before the big-state elections, and would also allow the candidates more time to raise the money required for the more expensive large-state campaigns.

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